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U.S. Geological Survey Activities Related to American Indians and Alaska Natives
Fiscal Year 2003

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Future Opportunities

Seneca Nation of Indians Water Supply Aquifer. In Fiscal Year 2004, the USGS signed a Cooperative Water Agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians located in Cattaraugus and Erie counties in western New York. USGS will assess the hydrogeology of an aquifer system that the Seneca Nation hopes to use as a new water supply. Contact: Edward Bugliosi, 607-266-0217,

Geographic Information in the Four Corners Region. Along with other Federal, State, and academic partners in the Colorado Plateau Data Coordination Group, USGS scientists participated in a workshop for Tribal users of geographic information systems (GIS) in the Four Corners area. The workshop, held in Taos, New Mexico, in October 2003, provided information about GIS training and data sharing/partnership opportunities, the Navajo Nation Data Resource Center, regional GIS involvement, Tribal and regional pilot projects, Federal and academic GIS projects and research, and presentation of a Colorado Plateau “Information Team” concept. In addition, a free one-day GIS training workshop for ArcView users provided a demonstration on how to develop a project using this software. Contact: David M. Vincent, 801-975-3435,

Bureau of Indian Affairs Requests Additional Endangered Species Training. USGS scientists, at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), continue providing training on endangered species monitoring to Tribal biologists. Similar training for Tribal personnel has previously been conducted, with BIA assistance, by a USGS research ecologist. The training includes techniques for surveying the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. Lectures were presented on the status, distribution, ecology, and habitat use of the flycatcher, and included a field trip to known flycatcher breeding sites along the Rio Grande. Similar training in New Mexico, with tribal participants and USGS presentations, is sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Contact: Mark Sogge, 928-556-7466, ext. 232,

Mineral Resources Studies in Southwestern Alaska. The USGS will begin a new mineral resource focused study in southwestern Alaska in 2004. This region holds promise for undiscovered metallic resources, but is a geologic frontier because what is known comes largely from expeditions carried out sixty years ago or more. Collection of basic geologic, geochemical, and geophysical data is expected to facilitate mineral exploration, assist in land-use planning, and may encourage economic development. The study area lies within the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) region and the USGS anticipates cooperating on this study with BBNC under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). Contact: Marti L. Miller, 907-786-7437,

Indian pictograph on Dakota sandstone cliff in Apishapa Canyon made by chipping the “desert varnish” from the weathered surface of the rock. U.S. Geological Survey Folio 186, 1912.
Indian pictograph on Dakota sandstone cliff in Apishapa Canyon made by chipping the “desert varnish” from the weathered surface of the rock. U.S. Geological Survey Folio 186, 1912.

The contacts provided in the report were accurate at the time of publication. Please refer to the USGS Employee Directory or the Office of Tribal Relations contact page if you require information about a specific activity.

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